Illinois Says Dentists May Use Groupon

IDFPR Says Voucher Advertising Is Not Fee-Splitting If Advertising Fee Is Reasonable and Required Disclosures Are Made

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On April 10th, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (the “IDFPR”) issued a position statement concluding that, under Illinois law, voucher advertising (also known as social coupon advertising), like that provided by Groupon and Living Social, does not constitute unethical fee-splitting or a prohibited solicitation or referral fee, as long as two conditions are satisfied:

1. The negotiated fee paid for the voucher advertising constitutes reasonable compensation for the cost of that advertising; and

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A Filling and a Flu Shot?

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Illinois Dentists Seek Right to Vaccinate

A bill recently introduced in the Illinois General Assembly (SB1217), and supported by the Illinois State Dental Society, would allow Illinois dentists to administer vaccines to their patients.  If passed, the new law would be the first of its kind in the nation.  While all 50 states have already passed legislation allowing pharmacists to administer vaccines, no state currently allows dentists to do so.

Supporters of the Illinois bill argue that, by allowing dentists to administer vaccines, they will increase the number of people who get Continue reading